|Baseball Ticker: Week of June 3|
Written by Daniel Paulling (Contact & Archive) on June 03, 2007
Two Start Pitchers You Gotta Use
Erik Bedard, BAL - @ SEA, vs. COL
Daisuke Matsuzaka, BOS - @ OAK, @ ARI
James Shields, TB â€“ vs. KC, @ FLA
Paul Byrd, CLE â€“ vs. KC, @ CIN
Jared Weaver, LAA â€“ vs. MIN, @ STL
Dan Haren, OAK â€“ vs. BOS, @ SF
Felix Hernandez, SEA â€“ vs. BAL, @ SD
Tim Hudson, ATL â€“ vs. FLA, vs. CHC
Tom Glavine, NYM â€“ vs. PHI, @ DET
Aaron Harang, CIN - @ STL, vs. CLE
Randy Johnson, ARI â€“ vs. SF, vs. BOS
Chris Young, SD â€“ vs. LAD, vs. SEA
Barry Zito, SF - @ ARI, vs. OAK
Still Worthwhile, but Not Necessary
Julian Tavarez, BOS - @ OAK, @ ARI
Mike Mussina, NYY - @ CHW, vs. PIT
Jon Garland, CHW â€“ vs. NYY, vs. HOU
Mark Buerhle, CHW â€“ vs. NYY, vs. HOU
Nate Robertson, DET - @ TEX, vs. NYM
Sergio Mitre, FLA - @ ATL, vs. TB
Jon Lieber, PHI - @ NYM, @ KC
Jason Marquis, CHC - @ MIL, @ ATL
Carlos Zambrano, CHC - @ MIL, @ ATL
David Bush, MIL â€“ vs. CHC, @ TEX
Derek Lowe, LAD - @ PIT, vs. TOR
Only If You Want
Tyler Clippard, NYY - @ CHW, vs. PIT
Jae Seo, TB - @ TOR, @ FLA
Tomo Ohka, TOR â€“ vs. TB, @ LAD
Jorge De La Rosa, KC - @ TB, vs. PHI
Scott Baker, MIN - @ LAA, vs. WAS
Brandon McCarthy, TEX â€“ vs. DET, vs. MIL
Lance Cormier, ATL â€“ vs. FLA, vs. CHC
Wes Obermueller, FLA - @ ATL, vs. TB
Mike Bacsik, WAS â€“ vs. PIT, @ MIN
Wandy Rodriguez, HOU - @ COL, @ CHW
Paul Maholm, PIT â€“ vs. LAD, @ NYY
Jason Hirsh, COL â€“ vs. HOU, @ BAL
Mark Hendrickson, LAD - @ SD, vs. TOR
Eight Games This Week: Atlanta Braves
Seven Games This Week: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Aâ€™s, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers
Six Games This Week: Everyone else
At Hitterâ€™s Parks This Week
US Cellular Field â€“ NYY (June 4-7), HOU (June 8-10)
Ballpark in Arlington â€“ DET (June 5-7), MIL (June 8-10)
Great American Ballpark â€“ CLE (June 8-10)
Coors Field â€“ HOU (June 5-8)
Minute Maid Park â€“ NONE
Citizenâ€™s Bank Park â€“ SF (June 4)
At Pitcherâ€™s Parks This Week
Comerica Stadium â€“ NYY (June 8-10)
McAfee Coliseum â€“ BOS (June 4-7)
SafeCo Field â€“ BAL (June 4-7)
Dolphin Stadium â€“ TB (June 8-10)
Dodger Stadium â€“ TOR (June 8-10)
Shea Stadium â€“ PHI (June 5-7)
PETCO Park â€“ LAD (June 5-7), SEA (June 8-10)
PacBell Park â€“ OAK (June 8-10)
RFK Stadium â€“ PIT (June 5-7)
Ratchet â€™em Up
1B Carlos Delgado, NYM â€“ The Metsâ€™ first baseman is finally starting to heat up, after suffering through wrist and elbow injuries for much of the season. If heâ€™s getting going, and it certainly looks like he is, then Delgado is a legit home run threat for the foreseeable future.
1B Richie Sexson, SEA â€“ Heâ€™s a notoriously slow starter who has a power bat. Thatâ€™s something we can all enjoy, once he gets going.
SP Roger Clemens, NYY â€“ The Rocket makes his major league debut against the no-hit Chicago White Sox. This is definitely a game to watch, as Clemens should produce along Jeremy Bonderman lines along the way.
SP Roy Halladay, TOR â€“ Halladay came back with a vengeance on Thursday, outdueling Mark Buerhle and the Chicago White Sox. This came after his return from the removal of his appendix, which was originally supposed to sideline him for 4-6 weeks, but only set him back 18 games.
RP Brad Hennessey, SF â€“ Now that Benitez is gone, the Giants have seemingly handed the job over to Hennessey. He should be a decent bet for the remainder of the year to be a decent closer.
RP Matt Capps â€“ Pirates manager Jim Tracy announced that Capps will be taking over the closerâ€™s role, and he definitely has had some success this season: 1.09 WHIP and 24 Ks in 29.1 innings.
Ratchet â€™em Down
1B Mark Teixeira, TEX â€“ He was finally starting to heat up, but Big Tex suffered a concussion on Friday. Sadly, this was the time for the Rangers that he was to raise his trade value. Now, it seems theyâ€™re stuck with him for a little while longer.
1B Jason Giambi, NYY â€“ The Yankees are reporting Giambi is done for the next three weeks with foot troubles, but there are reports saying heâ€™s done for the year. If you havenâ€™t dropped him in your leagues just yet, I highly suggest that you do.
3B David Wright, NYM â€“ The Metsâ€™ third baseman has missed time with back spasms, and thatâ€™s not good for his fantasy owners. The back is a very important part of the body for hitters, and he even might be heading to the disabled list, though thatâ€™s unlikely at this point.
SP Carlos Zambrano, CHC â€“ As if the bad starts werenâ€™t enough, Zambrano got into a fight with Cubs catcher Michael Barrett. The team has said both players will be disciplined, but after Zambranoâ€™s outing on Friday, you gotta think his year as an effective pitcher is over, whether it is because of injury or overuse early in his career.
RP Armando Benitez, FLA â€“ Benitez was traded to the Marlins, with the Giants paying a huge portion of his remaining contract. Kevin Gregg has a Vulcan death grip on the closerâ€™s job, so donâ€™t expect Benitez, despite prior success closing in Miami, to take over anytime soon.
RP Salomon Torres, PIT â€“ Sadly, it was only a matter of time. The Pirates moved Torres from the closerâ€™s role and have given it to youngster Matt Capps. Luckily for the Pirates, Torres is a very good setup man who could be collecting a lot of trade value.